We support groups that speak out and litigate on behalf of communities who face discrimination—at work, on the street, in access to health care and other public services, or before the law.
In Depth Albinism in Africa
“We Are Tired of Being Ignored”
Following a brutal murder in Mali, one of Africa’s most celebrated artists helped rally a movement to defend the rights of people with albinism, and organized a defiant musical festival unlike anything the world had ever seen.
Art for Progress
Q&A: Fearless Theater in Kosovo
With their latest production, an ambitious theater troupe is challenging homophobia, facing down death threats, and changing minds.
Gender Justice Now
Women Will Not Be Silent
By now, the link between authoritarianism and the repression of women and gender nonconforming people is clear. But those targeted by such hateful politics cannot—and will not—be intimidated.
Invisible No More
Q&A: Why Representation Is Crucial for Trans Rights
The first trans woman ever to appear on the cover of Elle Hungary speaks about justice, art, and her dreams for the next generation of trans people.
Lessons from 25 Years of Open Society in South Africa—and Dreams for the Next 25 Years
For more than a quarter of a century, the Open Society Foundations have been dedicated to South Africa, proudly supporting its nascent democracy and civil society movements.
A Perilous Moment for Transgender People in the United States
In response to a series of increasingly brazen attacks against transgender Americans, civil society in the United States must stand strong for social justice and in defense of the progress made in recent years.
How Civil Society Can Best Support Inclusive Education
Throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe, parents of children with disabilities are struggling against bureaucracy, ignorance, and neglect. To fix this, civil society must build more spaces for advocacy and collaboration.
How to Ensure That Women and Girls Count in Government Budgets
When women are underrepresented in policymaking, the result can be seemingly neutral decisions which have a disproportionate—and negative—influence on women and girls. A new way of thinking about budgets may offer a solution.